It’s easy to harp on the ‘90s as the golden age of indie rock, where screeching DIY bands championed the home-rooted growth of small label, like Seattle’s Sub Pop, which would later soar to the mainstream through genuine talent and fine instrumentation. Many years of lukewarm releases later, Sub Pop has gone back to its roots by signing schizophrenic rock bands whose main priority is a live set that isn’t just resonant—it annihilates the ear. One of those ear-annihilating groups is the Canadian trio Metz. Led by oscillating grumbles and thrusts of guitars contorted to punk perfection, the band has been searing through stages this year promoting their skittering but sumptuous self-titled release. If you yearn for the almost frightening prowess of bands like the Pixies with the unpredictability of The Jesus Lizard, Metz’s headlining show at Rock & Roll Hotel should already be circled on your calendar. Rejoice, for your punk rock prayers have been answered.
Metz performs with Odonis Odonis at 8:30 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St NW. $10. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com.